As captain and coach they landed one of the greatest upsets in Irish rugby, and now they are set to rekindle their partnership. Bristol head coach Pat Lam is set to bring Connacht's John Muldoon across the channel as a new coach.
Muldoon recently announced this year would be his last for Connacht in an apt summation of his career.
17 years. 320 games. Broken bones. Big wins. Bad losses. Dozens of teammates. Fewer coaches. Europe. Russia. Celtic league. Pro12. Pro14. Flights. Buses. Friends. Supporters. I've been so proud to be part of it all, but every journey sadly must come to an end and for me that end will be this season. Thank you all for your endless support.
The Irish Times are reporting Pat Lam's growing contingent of ex-Connacht players is set to grow with Muldoon joining their coaching ticket. He will be joined by Aly Muldowney and Jake Heenan both of who played under Lam during their PRO12 success and recently announced they would join the club this summer.
🏆 PRO12 winner with @connachtrugby
💪 Former @AllBlacks U20s skipper
🤝 Links up with former coach Pat Lam once again
Back rower @HeenanJake agrees #BristolRugby switch 👏 #SignedUpSaturday pic.twitter.com/FwOk36nkex
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 20, 2018
The 35-year-old will likely replace coach Mark Bakewell, who is set to join Leicester at the end of the season.